Saturday, 5 May 2018

Rye Harbour

Lade  - warm, dry and sunny - 0700hrs  - A cracking day of warm spring weather with plenty of bird song in the light airs of early morning including Lesser Whitethroat and Corn Bunting behind the `mirrors`. Ten Wheatears scattered across the site, plus a trickle of Yellow Wagtails and Swallows over.

                               Black-headed Gull and Wheatear, Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour NR - Spent the afternoon at this superb reserve which was packed with breeding activity from hundreds of Sandwich and Common Terns, Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls, plus 28 Little Terns on Flat Beach. Passage waders included 15 Barwits, 10 Whimbrels, 10 Dunlins, five Greenshanks, two Turnstones and a Common Sandpiper, plus breeding Redshank, Oystercatcher, Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers and Avocets. The drake Red-breasted Merganser was still on site and is now in full breeding plumage. A scattering of Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails, a White Wagtail, Skylarks, Meadow Pipit and Cuckoo also noted. On the walk along the foreshore a flock of 50 Arctic Terns flew towards Camber.

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